After a career spanning eleven years, fighting in three weight class and winning a WBC world cruiserweight title Tony Bellew has announced his retirement from Boxing.
His retirement decision comes after his eighth-round knockout loss to Oleksandr Usyk in Manchester Arena on 10th November.
He won his first world title two years back against Ilunga Makabu when he knocked out the South African in the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool two years back.
He then went on to fight David Haye twice, which is regarded as the most high profile domestic fight in British Boxing. He knocked out Haye in both the fights.
Bellew, who made his professional debut in 2007, also held the British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight titles and European cruiserweight title in his career.
“From the negative naysayers to the fans, today I am announcing I’m officially retired,” Bellew said. “There will be no more fights from me. The only things you’ll see me doing from here on in is to try and act sensible and behave myself. I’ve had a fantastic career. I’ve realized my dream. Thank you first and foremost for all the supporters.” Bellew said.
It is time for me to finally leave the ring, the bell has rung for the final time and I want to thank you all for the support you have given me over the years, it is not the end of my story though so keep an eye on https://t.co/hsCbVmBcMc #bomberbellew #retirement pic.twitter.com/jDUdFZWiB5
— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) November 22, 2018
The Liverpudlian, who won 30 of his 34 professional fights. He also became one of the biggest PPV draws in British Boxing alongside Anthony Joshua.